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The Stranger

Camus, Albert - Finished Jul 23, 2016

Run-on Sentence Summary

In The Stranger, Camus creates a character that is a true existentialist and explores the consequences.

Impressions

This short book hits hard. Through simple but tight prose, Camus paints a picture of a man who is cold and numb to the world. It is remarkable because it is hard to deny the logic of the way he feels. At the same time, I couldn’t help but feeling a profound sadness and empathy for the main character, even though his own personal philosophy would reject this attitude.

Every person has to grapple with the fact they that will die, and this book tackles it head on. In a way, the book almost makes it feel like the stranger actually has more integrity for the fact that he is so empty while the rest of us are just lying to ourselves. Personally, I’m aware that my own fear of death is a huge driving force in my life, and is probably at the bottom of what motivates me to do all of the things that I see as positives. Nihilism does not seem as charming to me now as it did when I was younger, but I don’t have any answer to it either. Probably just need to get laid.

Final Thoughts

Thought provoking and well written. I’ll look forward to coming back to this one in a different phase of my life.

Favorite Quote

“Mother died today. Or, maybe, yesterday; I can’t be sure. The telegram from the Home says: YOUR MOTHER PASSED AWAY. FUNERAL TOMORROW. DEEP SYMPATHY.”